South Stradbroke Island

South Stradbroke Island beach

Popular with surfers, South Stradbroke Island feels a world away from the bustle of Surfers Paradise and Burleigh. When the swell is small in the rest of the city you can often find it pumping at South Stradbroke Island.


The beaches are not patrolled. Swimming is not recommended.

If you'd like to visit a beach that is patrolled, see our Beach map or download our Beach patrol information sheet(PDF, 1MB).


South Stradbroke Island offers one of the best open beach breaks along the Australian east coast. It's fast paced and attracts experienced board riders. The wave at the southern tip of the island, on the northern side of the Gold Coast Seaway, is known as ‘TOS’ (The Other Side). Surfers should always assess conditions. If in doubt, don't paddle out. For more information, visit our Surfing page.


To view the facilities available at this beach including accessibility features, use our interactive map.

Getting there

South Stradbroke Island can be visited by private or hire boat, water taxi, sea plane, jet ski or local cruise boats. For more information, visit Gold Coast Tourist Parks.

About South Stradbroke Island

South Stradbroke Island is one of more than 360 islands within Moreton Bay. South Stradbroke Island, commonly referred to as ‘Straddy’ by locals, sits just 200 metres north of the northern most point of The Spit. The island has hundreds of wild wallabies that are well known for joining campers at their fires.